Wind & wave conditions in Fjord close to Kitimat (BC)

In one of the arms of the Fjords towards Kitimat, Aktis Hydraulics has undertaken an evaluation of the extreme wind and wave conditions for a terminal.

For the wind conditions Aktis applied the WRF model to account for land effects and wind thunneling effects in between the steep fjords, which have subsequently been used to drive the SWAN wave growth assessment to obtain the extreme design conditions at the location of interest.

The wind modelling has been calibrated against multiple near-by wind measurement stations and variations in the land-use (snow caps, etc.) have been evaluated in the analysis.